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Fun, educational and cultural experience.

I spent a wonderful afternoon, just over 1.5 hours learning about the history and process of making... read more

Reviewed January 15, 2019
Perth, Australia
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Tatami magic!

The Yamada family have been making tatami mats, an essential for classical Japanese living, for... read more

Reviewed November 20, 2018
Avalon Beach, Australia
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316 Temmayacho, Shimotateuri Agaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8355, Kyoto Prefecture
Nishijin District
+81 90-9115-4843
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Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

I spent a wonderful afternoon, just over 1.5 hours learning about the history and process of making tatami mats in Japan. Mikiko speaks English well and took me through the 'factory' where the mats are made by her husband and father-in-law. It was fascinating and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed November 20, 2018

The Yamada family have been making tatami mats, an essential for classical Japanese living, for generations, and have a business in a quite neighbourhood near Emmachi Station. Mikiko, whose English is quite good, ran a terrific workshop, and was great with communication before arrival, too....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2017

A memorable visit to Yamada Tatami Workshop when searching for edging to repair some tatami mats I have. The family were extremely helpful and I want to thank them for their kindness, generosity and good humour. Personal encounters like this are what travelling is all...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed April 26, 2017

As always, it was my wife's idea that we book this workshop while visiting Kyoto. I was sceptic and thought it will be more suitable for young children. It was not! This was a wonderful event and the best out of the 4 workshops we...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Haramachi
Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed our visit to Yamada Tatami. During the first part of our visit Mikiko taught us about the history of tatami mats and explained what the various components are. Then we had the opportunity to watch Mikiko's husband and father-in-law...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Lisa M
Reviewed July 4, 2016

hello! Nikolai here- I have been in japan for a few months seeing the sights and having a blast. Of the many adventures I've had, the Yamada Tatami mat workshop was one of the coolest activities so far. The Yamada family has run their tatami...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Nikolai B
Reviewed June 20, 2016

Mikiko, her husband, and her father-in-law were very gracious hosts. The history lesson and demonstrations were quite interesting and the craft project was perfect for our 11 year old and 13 year old. A highly recommended option in Kyoto.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Shana T
Reviewed June 1, 2016

This is a small facility that makes Tatami. We get a great lesson on the history of Tatami making and then were able to make our own small Tatami, great for a beautiful display. The staff was so friendly. An absolute Must Do.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank cranier
Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

Learn about tatami, how it's made (now & in the past) then make your own little souvenir to take home. Well worth the time! Even our 12 year old pre-teen liked it.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Melissa C
Reviewed January 14, 2016

I found out about this interesting workshop through an acquaintance and decided to sign up for it, not really know what to expect. When I got to the shop, I was warmly welcomed by Mikiko and was led to a small tatami room for the...More

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank Sohcheryl
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Nishijin District
A district with a long textile heritage, ancient Kyoto
is still alive in the Nishijin District. Studded with
its weaving factories, tea houses, and onsen, the
neighborhood is charming and peaceful with a
self-possessed air. Less traveled than other parts of
the city, it is a district where you can take it at
your own pace. Visitors can explore the many weaving
and cloth houses, the free kimono shows, and the many
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